La Escocesa, Barcelona, Artist in Residence, September-October 2019

I spent two months at the Artist in Residence in Barcelona as part of the new exchange program made between Belgrade Artist in Residence and La Escocesa and all made possible with the I-Portunus grant. i-Portunus is a project, selected and funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. It supports short-term mobility of artists and culture professionals.I will present my research process and work made during my stay at the artist in residence through a performance at the beach and also the second part in a form of the open studio after the performance at La Escocesa.

The performance was at the beach Nova Mar Bella and after the performance, at the open studio I will share my research process with different works made during the residency, such as drawings, video, and a small installation made with locally found objects, mostly from nature and combined with few personal objects, creating shamanic like altar.

In the performance I am creating the ritual that will help me overcome the fear of deep water and sharks. Because I always loved the sea and all the animals but was facing this double feeling at the same time being deeply attracted to the water and sharks and at the same time I was afraid.

Whatever is down there that I can’t see was magnified with my imagination. I would start noticing shadows and anticipating some scary encounters.Sharks are, as symbols, most of the time representation of all the fears of unknown and the water is always connected to our subconscious. That is why the water rituals are important in many cultural traditions and involve different aspects like initiation, giving respect to ancestors, spiritual and physical purification.

Creating the headdress as a protection for the performance, I was inspired by elements from different traditions. Using dragon-like creature on front and back of the headdress, I make reference on both Catalan and Serbian Slavic tradition, both have dragons in their mythology. I am exploring cultural identity and the meaning of tradition, especially mythology, in contemporary society.

Other part of my research was including photos of the water surface but also underwater photos and short videos. Water was huge inspiration over the years. With this series of drawings, I am exploring the inner feeling that water triggers. Shadows, light, and colors were the inspiration, showing emotions, anticipation and playing with abstract forms. Starting with a white paper and using grey or blue and green shades or inverting it by starting with black or grey paper, leads me to freely explore my subconsciousness and feelings about the whole process.

In the short videos, I was documenting the experience, showing body movement underwater, attempts to go deeper then neck-deep water, swimming away backward in fear after those attempts, also enjoying the water, looking the fish and beautiful light.This project is very complex and will be continued in the future.

I hope to make it bigger than just a performance and a future exhibition. I would love it to grow into more connections between art and science potentially leading to shark preservation, education people of sharks importance for the ecosystem and the ocean.  

Phd Exhibition Red Deer – Anthropology Facets Within New Visualities


Photo Milan Kralj


Gallery FLU  – Belgrade – 6-15. March 2018.

The work of Belgrade-born artist Gordana Žikić explores the practices of Shamanism and Neo-Shamanism. Drawing from the beliefs, traditions, and cultures of various peoples, Žikić’s art attempts to re-contextualize traditional  Shamanistic rituals, performances, and objects according to modern-day use and life.

This re-contextualization is the basis for Neo-Shamanism, which allows contemporary practitioners from many parts of the world to piece together their own visions and spirituality outside of the confines of a village or tribe; a borderless endeavor that connects people, encourages perspective, and emphasizes the power of choice. For Žikić, the freedom allotted via Neo-Shamanism is a powerful tool that stokes creativity, and allows the artist to question, re-interpret, and act as a type of creative Shaman.

Žikić’s body of work focuses heavily on collecting and recycling found objects and materials such as hair, fur, shells, copper wire, feathers, and beads. These items are then transformed by Žikić into sacred objects using traditional and current artistic methods to reveal her perspective in regard to symbolism, spiritual mythology, and identity. Moreover, this transformation demonstrates how personal narratives intertwine, challenge, and mimic other international narratives.

Žikić identifies as both heiress to, and a participant in, a universal culture where she is able to juxtaposition old-word and present-day approaches to redefine how human beings continue to create meaning through the use of quotidian objects, original imagery, and by developing new, transcendent spaces.

Rachel Klipa, art historian


Interview for Yale radio by Brainard Carey

I am happy to share interview for Yale radio by Brainard Carey

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Gordana Zikic is a visual artist from Belgrade, Serbia. She co-founded and runs an artist run residency in Serbia and is presently working toward her Ph.D. For her thesis exhibition, and in her work generally, Zikic explores themes of New Shamanism. As opposed to traditional Shamanism, those participating in New Shamanism do not have to be from an indigenous culture with Shamanistic ancestors. Instead, they can come to Shamanism in other ways. Zikic primarily investigates those Shamanistic practices involving rhythmic techniques such as hypnotic dancing or drumming. She acknowledges the chasm that exists between those practicing real Shamanism and those who have simply decided to be a Shaman. Zikic’s thesis installation will include magical objects collected over the years combined with small sculptures and wall drawings to create a temple atmosphere within the gallery. The narrative of her show combines personal mythology with those from cultures around the world. During her process, Zikic incorporates cat hair from her own pets in small sculptures and masks. A performative aspect in the form of photos and videos of the artist wearing some of her masks will perhaps combine with the masks themselves available for viewers to try on.


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Aquarelle 2016

I got inspiration from photos that I was finding online, most of photos are about tribes that live in touch with nature and animal. Size of drawing is 15x15centimeters. Watercolor on beautiful hand made paper with flowers and leaves inside of paper.

New book

I am happy to say that book Bird song just got published in Vancuver, Canada by publisher Chrystal fish tales.

My dear friend Matea Kulic wrote this beautiful story and I did all illustrations.

Hope you will enjoy it 🙂

Mural – Copenhagen, Denmark

Nevena Popovic, Natasa Kokic and Gordana Zikic

made site-specific art in Vanløse Kulturhus, Copenhagen, Denmark in the form of wallpainting in  July 2009.

An international collaboration has resulted in a wall-painting on the roof terrace between cultural center and library in Vanløse. Here are three Serbian artists in dialogue with citizens Vanlose. The artists tell here about the ambiguous images. The pictures are professionally and accurately performed. Earlier this year the artists exhibited at the Gallery hall in the Culture and felt here that they could express themselves freely and uncensored in the context of a cultural center – a situation which is unusual for Serbian artists residing in Serbia.

“A child who skips is an ordinary event, but an old woman who skips is a rarity. I wanted to transfer the child’s world – imagination, play, fun and games, and creativity – for old people. While I painted my mural one old lady came over and asked if I painted a grandmother. She was extremely happy with me as well as my answer … Later that day there was a child slipped on the terrace. I wanted to give them an experience marked by optimism, “says Nevena Popovic as his painting of the skip, the elderly woman.

The tree said Gordana Zikic:
“My painting of a tree with buds, not yet unfolded, gives the impression that spring is approaching, that something fresh and new is about to commence.” Gordana was inspired by the sound installation on the roof terrace of Rune Søchting: “When I went out to the roof terrace, it was a thrilling experience to stand out in the cold and rain and hear the birds sing and be reminded of spring. The contrast between the weather and the sounds of spring gave me the idea to me to make a similar expression. “

In Natasa Kokics image is attention to the family. “My mural depicts some family members who dance at a wedding in 1980. I was only a year old and obviously, can not remember anything from there. At a time sheet, I put in some old family photos and found a stack of old black and white photos from the wedding. It struck me that the people who were dancing and holding hands at the time, barely able to talk together today. The man in the middle is my grandfather, whom I do not have a particularly good relationship. I think it gave a strong effect to draw a family man who is behaving strangely and negatively with his surroundings. In addition, I think the theme is universal, especially now when things are falling apart everywhere. “

Collaboration with artist and administrator has been very positive and enriching.

Nevena Popovic, Gordana Zikic and Natasa Kokic were educated at the Art Academy in Belgrade. Curator: Tina Møller Sørensen. Contact:

Article from Information about the exhibition at the Gallery hall in the Culture.